Artivate Seeks Submissions for Summer Edition

Artivate: A journal of entrepreneurship in the arts has put out a call for submissions for the Summer 2014 issue of the biannual online publication. Deadline for submission is March 31. Artivate is a peer-reviewed online publication for an academic and practitioner audience. Editorial board members are affiliated with universities, foundations, and arts services organizations on three continents.

Boston Looking for an Arts Commissioner

The City of Boston is looking for an Arts and Cultural Affairs Commissioner, a position that would report directly to the Mayor. For the first time in twenty years, the Commissioner will be a Cabinet-level position. Boston residency is required. View the position details here.

Thinking on Scaling Impact: Evidence Is Not Enough

Heron Fellow Rodney Christopher asks philanthropists and nonprofits: Are we focusing enough on enterprise when we seek to increase the impact of evidence-based programs?

Critics argue that nonprofit health is not the point, social impact is. But in my work, I am finding that an opportunity—I dare say an imperative—exists for philanthropy and nonprofits to discuss proactively and openly the importance of enterprise success in addition to the importance of evidence of programmatic success.
New Report: Valuing the Intersection Between Arts, Culture, and Community: An Exchange of Research and Practice

On September 12, 2013 NOCD-NY convened “Valuing the intersection between arts, culture, and community: An exchange of research and practice.” The exchange brought together members of the NOCD-NY working group and our allies with leading researchers. The report from this convening is now available online. 

New Worlds Open at the Artist’s Easel

From John Hanc, writing for the New York Times:

The idea of painters and sculptors working late into life is not new. “Artists don’t generally retire from the work,” said Gay Hanna, executive director of the National Center for Creative Aging in Washington, a nonprofit organization that promotes creative arts programs for older people and is affiliated with George Washington University’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences. One example is Claude Monet, who painted some of his best-known works when he was in his 80s and had cataracts.
SphinxCon Video Available Online

Sphinx recently held its second annual SphinxCon, a convening on diversity in the performing arts, February 21-23. The event featured nearly 30 speakers who discussed solutions to different challenges to diversity in their field. Videos of the sessions are online at

GIA Board Member Judi Jennings, Kentucky Foundation for Women Executive Director, to Retire

The Kentucky Foundation for Women announced today that executive director Judi Jennings will retire at the end of this fiscal year. Her last day will be June 30. The organization, a private foundation which supports feminist art and social change, is currently searching for its next leader

Allen Foundation Vice President Susan Coliton to Retire

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced today that long-time Vice President Sue Coliton is leaving her role effective March 26, 2014. During her 15-year tenure, the Foundation awarded more than $494 million to more than 1,400 nonprofit groups in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She also played a significant role on the teams that created the Allen Institute for Brain Science, EMP Museum and Flying Heritage Collection.

Otis Report on the "Creative Class" in California, LA Region

The 2013 Otis Report on the Creative Economy of California, Los Angeles Region, is now available online. The report was carried out by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), a lobbying organization funded by LA businesses. There's also some great commentary on the Hyperallergic blog.

The President’s FY 2015 Budget Proposal: Implications for the Nonprofit Sector

On Tuesday, March 4, President Obama released his FY 2015 budget proposal, which outlines priorities that could have a profound effect on both our nation’s fiscal policy and the work of our sector. On Thursday, March 13, 2pm EDT / 11am PDT, Independent Sector will host a webinar featuring tax experts along with a panel of sector policy specialists — including Rob Collier, Council of Michigan Foundations; Jennifer Ney, City Year/Voice for National Service; and Brandon Gryde Dance USA and OPERA America — as we analyze and discuss the impact of the spending provisions in the president’s plan and potential actions by Congress.